The polling firm’s survey of 500 registered voters in Kansas showed that when voters were initially asked if they wanted to allow state-operated casino gambling, 46 percent supported it, 39 percent opposed it and 15 percent were undecided, McFerron said.
However, when respondents were told that Kansas is losing millions of dollars to casinos in Missouri and Oklahoma, expanded gambling in Kansas received more support, he said.
“Once you tell them money is going out of state, it changed 56 to 31 (in support),” McFerron said.
The article also has an illustration which may well be the worst piece of chartjunk I’ve seen in eons:
The entire image barely conveys two numbers, since “Yes” + “No” will be close to 1.
I have no opinion on the wisdom of allowing a casino in southeastern Kansas. I don’t see the harm, but I don’t see why this has become the magic bullet that will save the Kansas economy. I guess that casinos on reservations in Kansas are doing nicely, and I don’t see why the state should deny itself the power to tax and regulate casinos if they are going to be built in the state anyway. I don’t, however, think that it’s a better or worse idea just because the money is being spent somewhere anyway.
Furthermore, a “destination casino” in Kansas seems like a bit of a contradiction. If you want to get away and spend a fabulous weekend gambling, is southeastern Kansas what you think of? Really?
If it is built, the proceeds should be dedicated to promoting some sort of sustainable industry for Kansas. That could well include funding schools, building windmills, buying up water rights, or funding scientific research. Something to guarantee that future generations of Kansans will always have more than casinos.